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Intensity by Dean Koontz

24 Hours with a Spider-eating Sicko

Intensity by Dean Koontz is a high-octane ride with a psychopath. This book is like a slasher movie where you’re just sitting on the edge of your seat waiting for the next terrifying surprise. And just like the movies, there were times I wanted to scream, “What are you doing?! Get the heck out of there!” It’s definitely not our normal book club read.

Two college students visit one of the girl’s family for a weekend at a large Victorian home set on a secluded Napa Valley vineyard.  In the middle of the night Chyna, the guest of the family, hears a short scream. That’s the start of an intense 24 hours of horror at the hands of a spider-eating psychopath who claims that God fears him. Soon it becomes a game of cat and mouse as the survivor hunts the killer in an attempt to save a 16-year-old captive.

As mentioned, this was a book club selection, but my fellow readers weren't so enthusiastic about it. I guess Horror/Suspense is not our normal pick for a reason.  Some didn't even finish it.  Two of the members (one who finished, one who didn't) had both been Koontz fans years ago. In fact, one of them said Koontz's Watchers was one of her favorite books. But they weren't too keen on this one. To be fair my sister and I thought it was a good suspense though we're not looking to return to this genre anytime soon either. 

What did you think? 

Happy reading,


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